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YONKERS, NY, Friday, August 18, 2017 - harness racing favored Sell a Bit N (Jordan Stratton, $4.40) proved the fastest femme Friday night (Aug. 18th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $55,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Away alertly from assigned post position No. 5, Sell a Bit N worked around second choice Delightful Dragon (Brent Holland) just after a :27.3 opening quarter-mile. The track, which had taken on water earlier in the card, wound up yielding equal halves (:57, 1:25.3, 1:54). That was swift enough for the eventual victress, who held off a stubborn, two-move try by Regil Elektra to win by a neck. Delightful Dragon was a pocket third, with Sail to the Beach (Dan Dube) and Lispatty (George Brennan) rounding out the payees...the quintet separated by just two lengths at the wire. For Sell a Bit N, a 7-year-old Down Under daughter of Julius Caesar owned by Harry von Knoblauch Stables and trained by Peter Tritton, it was her second win in 14 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $36.80, with the triple returning $75.50. Sell a Bit N Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, August 17, 2017 - Yonkers Raceway Thursday night (Aug. 17th) played host to the $156,000 New York Sire Stakes Clyde Hirt Pace for harness racing 2-year-old fillies. Three divisions, worth $52,000 each, went postward. The opening event saw 3-10 favorite Youaremycandygirl (Yannick Gingras) brush to the lead around second choice Alexis Faith (Jim Morrill Jr.). The official horse of the Archies then set intervals of :28, 57.3 and 1:27.1, only to fold off the final turn. Alexis Faith ($8.40), from post position No. 2, ducked inside, defeating a second-over, 32-1 Line Dancer (Brett Miller) by a half-length in 1:55.3. Sand Artist was a first-up third, while odds-on 'Candygirl' faded to fifth among the half-dozen. For Alexis Faith, a daughter of American Ideal Ontario co-owned by West Wins Stable, Jim Fielding, J. Robert Darrow and Kevin McKinney, she remains perfect (5-for-5) to begin her career. The exacta paid $160.50, with the triple returning $820. The second sire stakes grouping, was won by second choice All on Top Hanover (Andy Miller, $6.40). Pocketed-after a retake-from post No. 6, she pulled early against that stubborn foe, even-money choice Python Blue Chip (Jason Bartlett). Rebuffed once through intervals of :28.1, :57.1 and 1:26, All on Top Hanover did eventually prevail, besting her rival by a length-and-a-quarter in 1:55.4. American Myth (Brett Miller) was a loose-pocket third. For All on Top Hanover, a Betterthancheddar miss co-owned by (trainer) Erv Miller, Crawford Racing, Ronald Michelon and George Golemes, she's now 3-for-6 this season. The exacta paid $21.20, with the triple returning $123. The final sire stakes grouping saw no one able to Get Shorty, as in Hurrikane Shorty (Bartlett, $2.50). With no anxious moments from the pole, the 1-4 choice won by a comfortable length (:28.3, :58.1, 1:27.2, 1:55.4). Betterthangraduate (Matt Kakaley) chased from the pocket and held second, with Azreal as it Gets (Brian Sears) a closing third. For Hurricane Shorty, a daughter of Art Major trained by Kevin McDermott for co-owners Little E LLC, Jason Settlemoir, Arthur Geiger and David Stolz, it was her third win in five first-season tries. The exacta paid $8, with the triple returning $28.20. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, August 13, 2017 - It's a Homicidal hat trick. Odds-on favorite Homicide Hunter (Brent Holland, $3.70) made it three consecutive harness racing victories Sunday afternoon (Aug. 13th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $68,000 Open Handicap Trot. Away fourth from behind the eight-ball among the dozen, Homicide Hunter saw Smalltownthrowdown (Greg Merton) and Hemi Seelster (Jason Bartlett) takes turns fronting the field (:28.1, :57.2, 1:27.2). Homicide Hunter was then out and moving, setting his sights upon the leader. He dove into a rest stop past the 1:55.1 milepost when Smalltownthrowdown backed away. 'Hunter' then became the hunted in the final turn, finding himself with a three-length lead after Hemi Seelster made a wild break and a hard right turn, back down into the paddock before completing his appointed rounds. Homicide Hunter won it easily, defeating Dewycolorintheline (Dan Dube) by 4¼ lengths in 2:26 for the mile-and-a-quarter. Last week's upsetter, Taco Tuesday (Steve Smith), was third, with Sumatra (Eric Goodell) and Theraputic (George Brennan) picked up the remainder.. For Homicide Hunter, a 5-year-old Mr. Cantab gelding owned by Crawford Farms Racing and trained by Chris Oakes, it was his sixth win in nine seasonal starts. The exacta paid $51, the triple returned $389.50 and the superfecta paid $2,118. Sunday's installment of the 'New York, New York Double' offered a winning combination of 2-Kelsocait (Saratoga's 3rd race) and 11-Awsome Valley (Yonkers' 5th race) paid $44 for every correct $1 wager. Total pool was $5,623. Note the Raceway's post time next Sunday (Aug. 20th) is 12:30 PM. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, August 12, 2017 - Somewhere in L A (Jason Bartlett, $7.70) avoided the third-turn happenstance Saturday night (Aug. 12th), winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing $55,000 Open Handicap Pace. Passive from assigned post position No. 6, Somewhere in L A watched as Luck Be Withyou (Eric Goodell) 'won the break,' making the lead directly outside of 11-10 fave Sunfire Blue Chip (Dan Dube). The former, not in a giving mood, then hung the latter though testy early fractions of :26.1 of :54.3. However, passing the half and moving toward the three-quarters, Lucky Be Withyou had none of his own. He made a filthy break, wiping out himself and the parked-out 'Sunfire'. A three-holed Dynamic Youth (Carl Cito Jr.) then found himself leading at the 1:23.2 three-quarters, but the back markers were closing in. Somewhere in L A rolled wide around Sunfire Blue Chip opening a length-and-quarter lead into the lane. He won by a length-and-a-quarter in 1:52. Second went to an inside dive of 42-1 Polak A (Greg Merton), with Evenin' of Pleasure (George Brennan), Bit of a Legend N (Jordan Stratton) and P H Supercam (Brent Holland) rounding out the payees. For third choice Somewhere in L A, a 6-year-old Somebeachsomewhere co-owned by D'Elegance Stable IX, Carmen Iannacone, T L P & Gandolfo Stables, it was his 10th win in 25 '17 tries. The exacta paid $139.50, the triple returned $1,163 and the superfecta paid $10,118 (base $2 payout). Yonkers offers up the fifth of eight consecutive Sunday matinees (Aug. 13th), with a first post of 12:30 PM. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, August 11, 2017 - A pocketed Jag Out (Brent Holland, $18.60) proved best Friday night (Aug. 11th), winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing $55,000 filly and mare Open Handicap Pace. Away alertly from post position No. 4, Jag Out made the first lead, then gave it up to HP Sissy (Dan Dube) before a :27.2 opening quarter-mile. It was a :56.3 intermission before Freeze Out (Joe Bongiorno) moved first, from sixth. He then was relegated to a poor tow from just-over-even-money favorite Darlinonthebeach (Brian Sears). That one did nothing for the back markers as HP Sissy found a 1:24.4 three-quarters. 'Sissy' owned a length-and-a-half lead in the lane, but Jag Out moved out and moved by. The margin was a neck in a season's-best 1:53.2. Betabcool (George Brennan) offered good pace on both ends of the mile to grab second, with HP Sissy, Arielle Lynn (Eric Goodell) and Newborn Sassy (Jordan Stratton) settled for the remainder. Darlinonthebeach wound up sixth. For sixth choice Jag Out, a 5-year-old daughter of American Ideal co-owned owned by (trainer) Nick Surick, J L Benson Stable and Bert Hochsprung, it was her fourth win in a dozen seasonal starts. The exacta paid $85.50, the triple returned $601 and the superfecta paid a palindromic $2,552. Jag Out A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Saturday evening’s (Aug. 12th) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $2,485.47.   The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 during every racing card. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Friday night), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - Yonkers Raceway Tuesday night (Aug. 8th) played host to the $162,500 New York Sire Stakes Milt Taylor Trot for harness racing 2-year-old colts and geldings. Three divisions, worth $54,000 each, went postward. The opening event saw second choice Clive Bigsby (Jason Bartlett, $4.60) get the jump on 3-5 Funknpancakes (Corey Callahan), beating that rival handily in 1:58.2. Away fourth from position No. 7, 'Clive' saw Alex the Great (Andy Miller) move around Funknpancakes and lead through intervals of :29.4 and :59.4. Clive Bigsby then challenged through the 1:29.3 three-quarters, putting 'Alex' away. The new leader opened a length-and-a-half in the lane then, with an extricated 'Pancakes' in pursuit, widened to the three lengths at the wire. Alex the Great was a clear third. For Clive Bigsby, a Muscle Mass gelding co-owned by (trainer) George Ducharme and Winners Racing Stable, it was his fourth win in five seasonal starts (2-for-3 in NYSS). The exacta paid $7, with the triple returning $28.60. "He's just a handy horse with a good attitude," Bartlett said. "When I made the lead, his ears pricked right up and he took off." The second sire stakes grouping, pared to gang of seven, was won by a pocketed Purpose Blue Chip (Dan Daley, $7) In play from post No. 3, 'Purpose' was sequestered behind even-money choice Cruising in Style (Bartlett) as that won led strung-out rivals (:29.1, :59.2, 1:29). Despite cruising in style, Cruising in Style was unable to close the sale. Up a length off the final turn, he watched as Purpose Blue Chip went by...with purpose. The final margin was a length-and-a-half in 1:58.4, with The Veteran (Brian Sears) making up some 10 lengths in the back half to finish third. For third choice Purpose Blue Chip, a son of Chapter Seven trained by his driver for co-owners Ann-Mari Daley, James Crawford IV, Richard Lombardo and Donald Brenner, it was a maiden-breaker after a pair of seconds. The exacta paid $14.80, with the triple returning $52. The 'fastest was the lastest' as odds-on Fourth Dimension (Sears, $2.60) easily won the evening's final sire stakes soiree. Having to wait his turn for the lead, Fourth Dimension-from post No. 6-did just that. Once there, few issues (:28.1,:58, 1:27.2, 1:57), with the effort matching Dejarmbro's (Sept., 2010) track record for frosh trotting colts. The margin was a length-and-quarter in and out of the final turn and 2¼ lengths at the wire. Perlucky (Trond Smedshammer), at 25-1, offered good late trot to grab second from Rich Uncle (George Brennan) while 54-1 number Ronnie Goldstein (Kim Crawford) was fourth. For Fourth Dimension, a Chapter Seven colt owned by Courant Inc. and trained by Marcus Melander, he's now a perfect 3-for-3 (all in NYSS) to begin his career. The exacta paid $32.40, the triple returned $102 and the superfecta paid $2,717. "I don't know what I can say about him other than he's a superb athlete," was Melander's winner's circle summation. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, August 6, 2017 - Taco Tuesday (Jordan Stratton, $23.40) did his damage from second-over Sunday afternoon (Aug. 6th), winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing $68,000 Open Handicap Trot. Floating out of the gate from post position No. 6, Taco Tuesday found a home fifth while 19-10 choice Hemi Seelster (Jason Bartlett) walked to the lead. Overcoming his assigned eight-hole, 'Hemi' was issue-free through pokey early fractions of :29.1 and :59 and 1:28.4. Down the backside the final time, Buen Camino (Scott Zeron) took out of fourth, confronting Hemi Seelster as the pace of this trot picked up. After a 1:57.1 mile post, Hemi Seelster owned a shortening lead into the lane As Buen Camino was about to win the battle...but lose the war. Taco Tuesday, towed into it by Buen Camino, appreciated the gesture so much, he rolled right over him. Taco Tuesday won by a length, the mile-and-a-quarter going in 2:26.3. Hemi Seelster faded to third, with Sumatra (Eric Goodell) sand Georgie's Pockets (Joe Bongiorno) settling for the minors. For eighth choice (in the field of nine) Taco Tuesday, a 4-year-old Cantab Hall gelding owned by Vincent Laurenzo and trained by Rob Harmon, it was his sixth win in 14 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $107, the triple returned $489.50 and the superfecta paid $8,476. Sunday's installment of the 'New York, New York Double' offered a winning combination of 6-Rally Cry (Saratoga's 3rd race) and 4-Tarot (Yonkers' 7th race) paid $11.80 for every correct $1 wager. Total pool was $7,977. Note the Raceway's post time next Sunday (Aug. 13th) is 12:30 PM. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, August 5, 2017-- Favored Rockin' Ron (George Brennan, $4.60) finished what he started Saturday night (Aug. 5th), winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing $55,000 Open Handicap Pace. In play from assigned post position No. 6, 'Ron' worked around P H Supercam (Brent Holland) before a :26.3 opening quarter-mile. Sunfire Blue Chip (Mark MacDonald) left outside Rockin' Ron, but was relegated to a three-hole. Rockin Ron' found a 55-second intermission, then threw down a :27.2 third quarter (1:22). The maneuver lost P H Supercam as 'Sunfire' moved past him. The leader opened 2¼ lengths into the lane, holding Sunfire Blue Chip at bay by a length in 1:51...matching the fastest local mile of the season. Somewhere in L A (Jason Barlett) was third, also after solid, two-move try, with P H Supercam and Melmerby Beach (Greg Merton) rounding out the payees. For Rockin' Ron, a 5-year-old Real Desire gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and RTC Stables, it was his fourth win in 17 '17 tries (25th career victory, earnings over $700,000). The exacta paid $33.20, with the triple returning $121.50. Yonkers offers up the fourth of eight consecutive Sunday matinees (Aug. 6th), with a first post of 12:30 PM. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, August 4, 2017 - Lispatty (George Brennan, $6.20) bottomed 'em out Friday night (Aug. 4th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $55,000 harness racing filly and mare Open Handicap Pace. Going right down the road (:27.1, :55.3, 1:23.2, season's-best 1:52.2) from assigned post position No.4, Lispatty showed no love to 11-10 favorite Regil Elektra (Jason Bartlett). The former hung the latter, who eventually threw it in reverse, finishing seventh. Lispatty opened four lengths passing the three-quarters, aided by pocket-sitting Sail to the Beach (Brian Sears) tiring badly. Delightful Dragon (Brent Holland) slipped out from behind that one, but had too much ground to make up. The lead was 3½ lengths in the out of the final turn, more than enough as Lispatty lasted by a length-and-a-quarter. Delightful Dragon was second, with HP Siddy (Dan Dube), Sell a Bit N (Jordan Stratton) and Sail to the Beach completing the cashers. For second choice Lispatty, a 4-year-old daughter of McArdle owned by Gilberto Garcia-Owen and trained by Gilberto Garcia-Herrera, it was her third win in 17 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $46, with the triple returning $1,186. Lispatty Note that the Raceway is open for simulcasting a half-hour earlier (11:30 AM) Saturday (Aug. 5th) to accommodate Hambletonian Day at the Meadowlands as well as the Meadows (first posts for both at 12 Noon).  YONKERS’ SATURDAY PICK 5 FEATURES $2,700 CARRYOVER A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Saturday evening’s (Aug 5th) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $2,780.45.   The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 during every racing card. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Friday night), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, August 4, 2017--A reminder regarding Yonkers Raceway's harness racing matinee program this Sunday (Aug. 6th), with a 12:30 PM first post. It's the fourth of eight consecutive Sundays. It's a dozen-race card, with races 2 (post time 12:55 PM) through 5 (2:25 PM) of the 'French' theme, as in overflow fields at the mile-and-one-quarter distance. The $68,000 Open Handicap goes as the third race, a field of nine with Hemi Seelster (Jason Bartlett) sent behind the eight-ball. The 'New York, New York Double' is also back this Sunday, including Saratoga's 3rd race (post time 2:07 PM) and Yonkers' 7th race (post time 3:05 PM). Program pages accompany this release. Final post for Sunday is scheduled for 4:45 PM. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, August 3, 2017 - Yonkers Raceway Thursday night (Aug. 3rd) hosted the $169,499 New York Sire Stakes Dick McGuire Trot for harness racing 3-year-old colts and geldings. With state standout Devious Man having contracted a case of Hambletonian tunnel vision, these divisions-worth $55,833, $56,833 and $56,833, respectively-offered a showcase for others among the Empire's best in show. The evening's first event was playtime for the Devious Man's odds-on stablemate, a fresh-Lasix Top Flight Angel (Andy Miller, $3). From post position No. 3, he toyed with 'em (:29.1, :58, 1:26.4, 1:55) en route to a life-best (and night's-fastest) effort. The final margin was 5¾ lengths, with The Last Chapter (Jordan Stratton) a three-hole second and Zach's Zoomer (Marcus Miller) a tiring pocket third. For Top Flight Angel, a son of 2012 Yonkers Trot winner Archangel owned by Legacy Standardbred Farms and trained by Julie Miller, it was his second win in nine seasonal starts. The exacta paid $21, with the triple returning $45.20. Top Flight Angel "He's been sort of showing up this season, racing alright. but tonight, the Lasix seemed to help," Mr. Miller (that would be Andy) said. The Millers (that would be Andy and Julie) were sailing along toward a sire stakes two-fer when Money Macintosh jumped it off with an open (:27.4; :57.2; 1:26.3) lead in the final division. That left the unattended door wide open for 9-5 fave Optimist Blue Chip (Jason Bartlett). Sitting a loose pocket from post No. 2, he gratefully accepted his 'inheritance,' winning by 3½ lengths in 1:55.4. Texican (Trond Smedshammer) was second, with Swell Chap (Stratton) third. Money Macintosh wound up leaving the course and finishing fifth. . For Optimist Blue Chip, a Dewycheatumnhowe gelding trained by Buzzy Sholty for co-owners Blue Chip Bloodstock & Senan Hayes, he's now 6-for-9 this season. The exacta paid $67.50, with the triple returning $367. Optimist Blue Chip In between those two races was the hard-to-figure portion of the program, with 33-1 rank outsider Another Chapter (Scott Zeron, $68.50) picking off the wagering choices late in the lane. From post No. 3, Another Chapter worked out a second-over trip, though a gapping one. Such an Angel (Mark MacDonald) led through intervals of :28.4, 58.2 and 1:27, getting badgered by Stick with Me Kid (Brian Sears). Even-money Eye ofa Tiger AS (Bartlett) was pocketed, but all were powerless to fend off Another Chapter. Finding his best stride late-and with the leaders coming back to him-the bombardier won by a neck in a life-best 1:55.4. 'Tiger' was second, with 'Angel' third. For Another Chapter, a Chapter Seven colt co-owned by Jeffrey Snyder & Four Friends Racing and trained by Per Henriksen, s was his second win in nine '17 tries. The exacta paid $373.50, with the triple returning $1,017. "He was a lot sounder than the last time I drove him (break in final of Empire Breeders Classic) and the trip worked out," Zeron said. Another Chapter The evening's sire stakes event honored the memory of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer, former New York Knickerbocker standout-and avid horseplayer-with family and friends making winner's circle presentations. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - Yonkers Raceway has set post times for its Sunday harness racing August matinees. Very simple...all four Sundays (6th, 13th, 20th and 27th) go at 12:30 PM. This Sunday, races 2 (post time 12:55 PM) through 5 (2:25 PM) are of the 'French' theme, as in added-distance trots with overflow fields. Final (12th race) Sunday post time is 4:45 PM. The 'New York, New York Double' also remains in play, this week including Saratoga's third race (post time 2:07 PM) and Yonkers' seventh race (3:05 PM). Future 'double' races shall be announced shortly. Program pages for this weekend's gimmick are to be sent when available. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, August 1, 2017-"She's just bigger and stronger than she was last season." Such was Jeff Gregory's post-mortem after Barn Bella ($2.80) completed her Tuesday night (Aug. 1) rounds, winning the second division of Yonkers Raceway's $169,000 New York Sire Stakes Joe Goldstein Trot for harness racing 3-year-old fillies. Working her way to the lead from post position No. 3 in the $85,250 grouping, the defending frosh statebred champion made the lead from pole-sitting Maewegonow (Charlie Norris) right at a :28.2 opening quarter-mile. After a :57.4 intermission, Southwind Tesla (Jordan Stratton) moved from sixth, making steady advances in and out of a 1:26.3 three-quarters. Barn Bella owned a length-and-a-half-lead into the lane, then held off a stubborn 'Tesla' by a half-length in 1:55.3. Maewegonow safely held third. For Barn Bella, a daughter of Conway Hall co-owned by (trainer) Steve & Nancy Pratt and Purple Haze Stables, it was her ninth win in 10 seasonal starts (lifetime 15-for-19, including 3-for-3 here). The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $5.30, with the triple returning $30.40. "We've never rushed her out of the gate and tonight was no different," Gregory said. "After the first turn, I just moved her and she's the same as she's been." The opening ($83,750) sire stakes event was a public workout for pole-dancing fave Celebrity Ruth (Jason Bartlett, $2.10). She had no issues through intervals of :29, 58.2, 1:27 and 1:56.1. A five-length lead entering the lane was 'only' 3½ lengths at the wire. Heels on Wheels (George Brennan) chased the winner around the ovals, with Deli-Delite (Brian Sears) third. For 'Ruth,' a unraced-at-2 daughter of Yonkers Trot winner Archangel owned by White Birch and trained by Trond Smedshammer, she's now 4-for-8 (with four seconds) this season. The exacta paid $3.90, a local low for the season. Triple wagering was cancelled due the short (after a scratch) five-horse field. "She was much the best and she showed it," Bartlett said. The evening's sire stakes event was named for the former legendary PR man, whose clients included many in the horse-racing world. Family and friends joined in the winner's circle presentation. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, July 30, 2017 -- He's obviously slowing down. Harness racing favored Homicide Hunter (Brian Sears, $5.50), after waltzing through last week's mile-and-a-quarter in 2:24.3, needed a full fifth of a second more this time around. Other than that alarming loss of alacrity, not much changed for the people's preference Sunday afternoon (July 30th) en route to winning Yonkers Raceway's $68,000 Open Handicap Trot. From an assigned eight-hole in the field of 11 (scheduled '12-holer' Springbank Sam N came up lame and was a pre-race day scratch), Homicide Hunter's job was a bit easier at the outset. Luminosity (George Brennan) and Centurion ATM (Dan Dube) both mamboed their way out of contention. Lone lass Celebrity Eventsy (Shristian Lind) made the first lead, yielding to Rubber Duck (Joe Bongiorno). The one gave up the baton to Homicide Hunter after a :28.4 opening quarter-mile. As was the case a week ago, no ensuing issues at all (:58, 1:27.4, mile in 1:56.1) for the eventual winner. Homicide Hunter owned a length-and-a-half lead into the lane before whipping Rubber Duck by 2¾ lengths. Fashion Creditor (Eric Goodell), Taco Tuesday (Jordan Stratton) and Smalltownthrowdown (Jason Bartlett) settled for the minors. For Homicide Hunter, a 5-year-old Mr. Cantab gelding owned by Crawford Farms Racing and trained by Chris Oakes, it was his fifth win in eight seasonal starts. The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $22, with the triple returning $175.50. Sunday's installment of the 'New York, New York Double' offered a winning combination of 4-Dunk a Din (Saratoga's 3rd race) and 2-Take My Picture (Yonkers' 10th race) paid $10.20 for every correct $1 wager. Total pool was $3,725. Note the Raceway's post time next Sunday (Aug. 6th) is 12:30 PM. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, July 29, 2017--There's valor, there's discretion and there's Evenin' of Pleasure (George Brennan, $3.40). Harness racing horse and driver took the latter tact Saturday night (July 29th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $55,000 Open Handicap Pace. In play from same post position No. 6 he conquered in last week's marquee pace, odds-on Evenin' of Pleasure was again wide leaving. This time, however, instead of being hung out in the hinterlands, he deferred, taking a seat as the floor show unfolded in front of him. Western Dynasty (Greg Merton), Dynamic Youth (Carl Cito Jr.) and Great Vintage (Eric Goodell) mixed it up early, as in a :26.3 opening quarter-mile. Great Vintage won the early scrum, with Evenin' of Pleasure settling fifth and staying there through the :55.3 intermission. He then moved to chase a first-up Texican N (Jordan Stratton) as that one advanced toward a 1:24 three-quarters. Great Vintage owned a length lead into the lane, but he was done. Evenin' of Pleasure rolled from second-over, winning by a length-and-a-half in 1:52.3. Sharp shipper Hickory Icon (Mark MacDonald) closed from third-over into second in his first local appearance since last fall. Dynamic Youth, Western Dynasty and Texican N rounding out the payees. Great Vintage backpedaled to last among the octet. For Evenin' of Pleasure, a 7-year-old son of Dragon Again owned by Gestion J Y Blais and trained by Ron Burke, it was his third win in nine '17 tries. The exacta paid $29, with the triple returning $165. Yonkers offers up the third of eight consecutive Sunday matinees (July 30th), with a first post of 11:30 AM. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, July 28, 2017--Yonkers Raceway Friday night (July 28th) offered up the $167,499 New York Sire Stakes Mike Cohen Pace for 3-year-old fillies. A trio of equally-parsed ($55,833) six-horse fields comprised the event, which again honored the memory of the former publicity director of both Yonkers Raceway and NBC Sports. Any number of Cohen family and friends joined in for the winner's circle presentations, with just one public choice returning for the meet-and-greet. Roaring to Go (Brett Miller, $3.40) won the evening's final event in a night's-fastest 1:52.4. From the pole, she retook from Planet Rock (Dan Dube), then had few issues (:27.4, :57, 1:24.4). She owned a 2¼-length lead into the lane and a comfy length-and-a-quarter at the wire. Touchamatic (George Brennan) was a second-up second, with Artrageous (Jordan Stratton) a first-up third. For Roaring to Go, a daughter of Art Major owned by Frank Chick and trained by Kevin Lare, it was her first win in seven seasonal starts. The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $9.50, with the triple returning $33. One of the faster frosh a year ago (she crossed the line first in last season's final of the New York Sire Stakes, but was set down for a pylon violation), Roaring to Go has won eight of her 21 career starts. "She was sick in the (last season's) Breeders Crown, and she never really recovered," Miller said. "Before that, I thought she was as talented as anyone in her division.. "Tonight, she was very good...not quite the way she was last season, but close." Friday's opening NYSS event saw Clear Idea (Brennan, $13.80) stalk 1-10 fave Tequila Monday (Brian Sears), then pick her off in the passing lane by a desperate nose. Candlelight Dinner (Miller) was a charging third, beaten just three-quarters of a length. From post No. 2, Clear Idea saw Tequila Monday set unpressured intervals of :27, 56.1 and 1:25.1. She had a length-and-a-half lead in and out of the final turn, only to get snapped on the money in 1:53.1. For second choice Clear Idea, an American Ideal miss co-owned by (trainer) Blake MacIntosh and Hutt Racing, it was her seventh win (five consecutive, fourth in NYSS) in 13 '17 tries. The exacta paid $17.60, with the triple returning $121. The second statebred grouping saw the longest shots on the boards, 26-1 Gurl Band K (Dan Dube) and 15-1 Winsun Brooklyn (Pat Lachance), roll home first and second, respectively, in 1:56.1. The latter won the battle, dueling 3-5 pace-setter World Apart (Jason Bartlett) into submission after that one couldn't hold sway (:27.4, 57.4, 1:26.4) despite pokey fraction. A reserved--from post No. 3--Gurl Band K, a seasonal 0-fer entering the evening, was fifth in the stretch before winning by 2½ widening lengths. Marquesa Seelster (Stratton) was third as World Apart tired to fifth. For sixth choice Gurl Band K, a Rock N Roll Heaven homebred ma'am owned by Robert Key and trained by Andrew Harris, it was that first win in a dozen seasonal starts. The exacta paid $402, with the triple returning $1,885. Friday night's $55,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace was won by Betabcool (Bartlett, $9.80) in 1:52.4. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

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